been on news this week it kills about 80% of all dogs that get it ,they dont know what cause;s it say,s it might be in mud gave some details on how many but not in which area;s not took dog in woods this week anybody hear anything
Read somewhere that a lady scientist had tracked it down as something bacterial that also affects fish which is a start on this horrific disease. It's believed to like cold wet weather, muddy ground. It's been reported in areas that I take my pups and the advice is to wash their feet after walking in mud.
We have had a confirmed case here in Axminster last month but unable to give exact details of where dog was walked prior as the dog was walked in several different places. For what its worth, I have a theory based on information they have so far.. its only prominant from Sept/October until March.. so during winter when its wettest. It was first prominant in the New Forest .. lots of trees, scrubland.. the last case here (Axminster) was 2016 and the dog was believed to have been walked in woodland.. I too think its related to some bacteria that manifests through damp, mulched down/rotted leaves and this then can seep into puddles when we get really wet weather and there is very little drainage. But that is just my theory.. there is so much *shit* on planet earth caused by man, who knows what has settled on flora in our countryside and who knows what its manifested into.. organisms and germs are mutating all the time..
Always wash your dog feet, legs and get right in between your dogs toes and sloose them out.. they get very hot n sweaty in there (where bacteria can grow), also wash their mouths/muzzles.. dont let them paddle/drink from stagnant pools of water..
Winter time I try to favour a walk on the beach instead of the woods/usual spots..
But again, the number of cases compared to number of actual dogs makes it very low in numbers.. just be mindful and vigilant
There's totally unspoilt woodland near here. We walk our dogs there, and one of mine has had an abscess. It came up over a weekend. Saturday he had a bit of a limp. Sunday the paw was twice it's natural size and the abscess burst as we were putting him in the van. Three weeks after that he came back after a long run, soaking wet. I knew he'd run down to the pond. He then started to limp so I took him to the vet the next day. He's fine now and I doubt it's the dreaded rot. I don't think it's realistic to wash dog's paws every time they go out. Besides that, it could be an extension of the human problem of being 'too clean'. If they don't experience the bacteria, they won't develop the immunity.
We had a weird belly rash on our hound but vet cream sorted it out.We walk in woods other dogs dont go but fox and badger do.Lot of trouble with blue algae here in the reseviors to do with nitrate run off from farm fields in the valley,thats toxic.Council sprays all weeds and with no notification thats toxc too..We just are watchful and hope.our old boy couldnt fight a biggie now.
Cannock Chase which has very little farm contamination has had a number of instances of the disease and until the summer when the ground dries up the risk is there and increasing as spreads more and more.
What I don't get is that this was as far as I'm aware, unheard of 10yrs ago in the UK so why is it happening now and how did it get here? It appears only to have been recognised in the 1980s in America.